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Woul~~nd If they remained steadfast, he taught, they God, , be instructed in the kno~ledge of divine things and taste the cherished peace and joy of the Roly/Spirit. ~ought The monks . to spend their days in a spirit of prayer ' and self~renunciation, praising G~d and awaiting the return of ( the herd. ~cal services were ext~emàly simple and unadorned. Their settlements were usually arr,nged'in such a way that'the ipdi~idual"cells were separated that th~ monks could neither see nor hear , one ~nother, and each was able to live a life of undisturbed so w~dely \1 l' meditation.

L ( Il They were, to be sure, 'to oppose heresy,. A. 20. ", I~ Î ) 1 1 - 40 - f those who came ta them. and to cultivate the virtues, but aIl of these practices were understaod in the cantext of their d'istinctive 'eschatalogical perspective'. Thus Coptic monas- ticism resembled Alexandrian monastitism in its preference for 1 solitude over service yet differed from it - and here a similarity ta Montanism becomes apparent - in its emphasis upon waiting in . the desert for the imminent end of the age.

312. CF. A. " "l - 29 - f. l ' "psycho-physical , ~unishment, and finally attained a clear and profound realization of sonship in Christ. ~e was: i~tiated into the mysteries and filled with the Spirit of God ••• yet altogether as one guided by reason and abiding in a natural state. It was only after this " period of eremitical formàtion l~ng , that Anthony began to make himself available,to others. geY sbould start by ~ learning the discipline of the cell. litàry prayer. l~ (D) ! )' V,A. 14. BiShop Athanasius' account of the life of Anthony should be read in the light of the profound con-qernporary strugg1es within the great Church.

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